A bill aimed at giving retailers more flexibility in the sale of beer and wine went under the microscope by a Pennsylvania House panel, but the chairman of the committee said a recommendation is far from official.
Month: August 2019
Pennsylvania lawmakers have been hearing the same refrain for most of the year.
In response to the Aug. 9 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article “New Pa. Poll Puts Biden’s Lead Smaller Than Others,” highlighting results from a Franklin & Marshall College poll regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s “Restore Pennsylvania” initiative, Pennsylvanians must understand the negative impact this policy could have on the state’s business climate.
A top Berks County official joined a number of representatives from business and trade associations in voicing his opposition to Gov. Tom Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania plan, which would be funded with a severance tax on natural gas extraction.
In a conference call with business groups, the Berks County commissioners chairman said the plan’s reliance on a new tax on natural gas means it would raise energy costs, hurt the economy.
Natural gas industry representatives and elected officials rallied around one existing gas drilling fee while railing against another proposed tax.
Eight groups representing wine and spirits producers from Canada, Europe, and New Zealand said the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s ability to negotiate lower prices from suppliers and then decide on its own whether to pass any savings on to consumers violates international trade law.
Pennsylvania edged out Texas to claim the title of America’s most diverse state economy.